ADD/ADHD is a brain-based mental health disorder. It is a chemical difference in the brain that communicates differently than a non-ADD/ADHD brain.
ADD is not just an excuse. It’s real.
What does that mean? ADD/ADHD is similar to a person who may have a problem like OCD, but can also affect a person to different degrees and in different ways. The symptoms are not always the same because a person’s environment can affect the way they cope with their condition.
Looking at the words ‘attention deficit’, many think that this means a lack of paying attention. For someone who isn’t paying attention, symptoms might be trouble controlling anger because they ‘missed’ the instructions on how to successfully complete a project. Trouble concentrating might lead to frustration which leads to someone assuming a student or worker isn’t paying attention.
This is why treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is both medication and therapy based.